by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 6 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: Marriage Is a God Idea
Series: Family Business
Stuart Briscoe
Ephesians 5:31

Contemporary society is being rocked by powerful forces seeking to "redefine" marriage and "restructure" the family. It is therefore most important that the Biblical and traditional views of marriage and family be carefully explained and firmly embraced.

I. Marriage Is a God idea.

A. A contemporary view: marriage is a human construct subject to evolutionary change.

B. The Biblical view: marriage is a creation ordinance divinely ordained.
1. "At the beginning of creation God made male and female…" Mark 10:6; Genesis 2:23f
2. Physical laws govern physical life; societal laws are designed for society's well-being.

II. Sexuality Is Divinely Ordained.

A. "God made male and female…" so "vive la difference!"
B. God created "male and female" normal - the Fall produced universal abnormalities.

III. The Marital Union Requires "Leaving" and "Cleaving."


Part 2: Wives, Submit to Your Husbands
Series: Family Business
Stuart Briscoe
Ephesians 5:15-24

Biblical and traditional teaching describes marriage as two people becoming "one" as God joins them together! Experiencing this obviously requires considerable adjustment involving, among other things, the wife "submitting" to her husband and the husband "loving" his wife. This is not easy to grasp or do!

I. The Context of Paul's Teaching on Marriage.

A. The historical context: 1st century Greco-Roman culture.
1. Law and order in the household.
2. Patriarchal subjugation of women, children and slaves.
3. Resultant lack of status of those to whom Paul ministered the gospel.

B. The grammatical context.
1. The missing verb: "submit."
2. The four participles and one imperative.

C. The spiritual context.
1. The example of Christ: He "loved" and "gave Himself up." 5:1-2
2. The experience of Christians: "live a life of love, just as Christ loved."
3. The empowering of the Spirit: Spirit fullness leads to healthy marriage.

II. The Content of Paul's Teaching on Marriage.

A. "Wives submit": nothing new in that-they'd never known anything else!

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